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2024 Agnew Harrison

The Agnew-Harrison Invitational Drumming Contest is on the horizon and is shaping up to be another fantastic event!  Here are some details to help plan your day!

Date:  Saturday, April 13th, 2024

Times:  Amateur Contest – 1:30 pm; Professional Contest – 7:30 pm

Location:  John Weir Foote Armoury (Sergent’s Mess), 200 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario (Additional parking at Christ's Church Cathedral)

Tickets:  $15 in advance (on-line to come); $20 at the door

For further information on adjudicators and competitors, please visit the 2024 Agnew Harrison Page


We look forward to seeing you there!

Additional Parking for Remaining Events

We have been given pemission to utilize Christ's Church Cathedral parking lot for our remaining events this year at the James Street Armouries.

252 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3

The parking lot is accessible behind the building on Hughson Street 

Branch Executives



Julie Stewart




Duncan Hollinger



Duncan Robertson



Brittney Wright


Wayne Wright


Records Secretary

Jennifer McCullough

Social Media

Madelyn Neil

Feb Recordings

Recordings from the Feburary 3rd Amateurs are now available on the Amateur Recordings page or directly on YouTube

2024 Amateur Competition Registration

Registration for all our 2024 amateur competition is now available! The contest dates are as follows

  • January 6th

  • February 3rd

  • March 2nd

For more details check out the Amateur Competitions page. Make sure you check the Tune Requirements for each of the competitions.

2023 George Sheriff Invitational

The 2023 George Sheriff Invitational is set for November 18th at St. Paul's Presbyterian church in Hamilton. As a premier amateur invitational contest you'll get a chance to listen to some of the best young pipers in North America.


For more details check out the George Sheriff Invitational Website

Passing of Graham Kirkwood

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Graham Kirkwood. Graham was a lifelong musician and tremendous supporter of the Niagara Hamilton branch as a player, teacher, and judge. The expertise and laughter he brought to the world of drumming will be deeply missed.

In memory of Graham the family wishes to have monetary donations go to the Branch. All donations will be put towards future Agnew Harrison competitions. If you would like to make a donation please send an e-transfer to the email address below.

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Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario

The PPBSO — the Pipers’ and Pipe Band Society of Ontario — administers piping, drumming and pipe band contest at various highland games throughout Ontario. Several of these annual summer competitions have special designations, including the North American Championship, the Canadian Championship and the Ontario Championship.

The Niagara-Hamilton Branch is one of several local PPBSO branches throughout Ontario. We hold monthly meetings from October through April.

In addition to being a fun social gathering, our meetings provide opportunities to develop piping and drumming in our area.

We hold annual Amateur Competitions for amateur pipers and drummers.

We also hold the Livingstone InvitationalAgnew-Harrison Drumming Invitational, support the George Sherriff Memorial Invitational and The Highland Gala.

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